The Tried-And-True Model for Building Employee Engagement

I love people and business.  You probably realize this, based on the fact that I formed a consulting firm to help build manufacturing performance using a blended data-driven and people-focused approach.  So, freshly  inspired by an article called “You’ll never have a sink full of dirty dishes if you follow Toyota’s productivity secret”,  by Manoush Zomorodi on LinkedIn…

Manufacturing Leaders: How to Find Out What’s Happening in Your Organization

As a Human Resources professional, I’ve spent a great deal of time walking the floor, in factories and in office areas. When I first started ‘taking the pulse’ this way, my objective was simply to learn people’s names, their jobs and skills and to better understand the business at a high level.  But I found that as I continuously improved…

Is Your Manufacturing Plant Under-Performing?

  It’s still a tough economy as we begin the New Year, and for US manufacturing the issues impacting profitability and growth are many and complex.  This continues, despite indicators of a potential manufacturing resurgence in the USA.             Despite the economy, however, some companies are achieving tremendous success and growth.…

Manufacturing Metrics and The Yellow Brick Road

Most organizations use metrics as measuring sticks, showing people how the organization is doing.  Many management teams use a Balanced Scorecard, including both financial (lagging) measures and non-financial (leading) measures.   Lagging measures show us results that have occurred, after the fact.  Leading measures show progress at a designated point in time, allowing time for people…

3 Critical Months In The Life Of A Manufacturing Plant

Once upon a time, not too long ago, there was a precision metal-working plant in in the Northeast USA.  This plant had been through lots of upheaval due to a string of acquisitions, and the formerly unionized workforce was now non-union, with most of the original employees having successfully evolved with each change. The time came when a…

When it Comes to Systems and Tools, 1 Size Does Not Fit All.

Anyone who has worked in several organizations either as an employee or as a consultant has most likely observed that there are many approaches to building effectiveness and efficiency in organizations large and small and in every industry. Often-times, we do benchmarking against competitors, surveys, and we use Best Practices. As an H.R. professional for…